Significantly, leaders FC AK were beaten 2-0 at the Ackerville Stadium by bottom-of-the-log Witbank Spurs, while their Coastal counterparts, Maritzburg United continued their indifferent form when Nathi Lions held them to a 1-1 at the Harry Gwala Stadium.
Moreover, with Winners Park and Bay United both suffering shock defeats to lowly University of Pretoria and Durban Stars, respectively, it is very difficult to predict exactly which clubs are going to qualify for the play-offs.
FC AK also wilted at this stage last season and although they remain five points ahead of second-placed Dynamos, who beat Ga-Rankuwa 1-0 at the Nkowa-Nkowa Stadium on Friday, they still have a number of very difficult encounters.
And after recording a good 2-0 away win over African Warriors, Mpumalanga Black Aces have moved up the log to fourth position, just a mere two points behind Park and Dynamos, although they do have a better goal difference.
Tuks’ chances of survival received a huge boost after Doctor Skhosana and Peter Moyo netted late goals to cancel out Winners Park lead. The score was 2-1.
Their next game is a “six-pointer” against Witbank and whoever loses that match may be doomed to Second Division soccer next season.
Sammy Troughton’s recent arrival at Durban Stars has been a breath of fresh air and with his side humiliating Bay 3-0, thanks to goals by Moeketsi Moeletsi, Mukendi Mulumba and Phelelani Gcaba.
Stars have now moved into a comfortable mid-table position. This was their fourth win in a row under the former Jomo Cosmos, Mamelodi Sundowns and Orlando Pirates player.
Third-placed Lions are just four points behind Bay and six behind Maritzburg, while the battle to avoid relegation has taken a new twist following Western Province United’s courageous 3-3 draw with FC Cape Town and Hanover Park’s 1-0 win over Ikapa Sporting.
Mark Faro’s 91st minute winner lifted Park a point above United, who have now scored nine goals in their last two matches after initially netting just six in their first twelve.